I absolutely love getting all of the beautiful family holiday photos that flood our mailbox at this time of year. My all-time favorites are the ones with coordinated outfits where the kiddos really get into character and you can see all of their little personalities shine through. Although, we try to keep the mood lighthearted and fun, I know how stressful taking family photos can be so I have included all of my tips and tricks on how to take great family photos just in time for your holiday photo shoot.
1. BOOK TALENT THAT YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH
One of my photoshoot must-haves is booking a makeup appointment. It is the one thing that relaxes me and even London loves coming along. My makeup artist, Nita was absolutely amazing- she has a wonderful eye for color and detail, moves through the appointment in a fun, calm, and cool manner and made me feel absolutely flawless and fabulous. She is truly an artist- a perfectionist with the ability to make each and every one of her clients feel like the best version of themselves.
Another piece of advice is to always book a photographer that you’re comfortable with. After being referred by a few friends, I was excited to schedule our mother-daughter holiday photo shoot with Jennifer Boris Photography. Jen and I clicked right away; She was warm, inviting, patient and had this power of instantly melting my stress away. London loved being silly in front of her camera and Jen couldn’t have captured the moments between us anymore perfectly.
Jen is so fabulous that I have asked her if I could host a G I V E A W A Y for all of my local followers and readers. Jen will be giving away one thirty minute couple, family or portrait mini session in Downtown Detroit with twenty hand-edited, high-resolution digital photos to one lucky reader! Please subscribe for your chance to enter. Winner will be announced on Friday December 16, 2016! G O O D L U C K, lambs!
2. PLAN EVERYONE’S ENSEMBLE
I am so much more relaxed on the day of the shoot when I have everyone’s outfits and accessories planned the night before. London loves to play dress up and enjoys when we embellish her outfits with accessories that are a little over-the-top. One of our favorite go-to sites for London’s outfits is Rainey’s Closet, a rental spot for baby clothing, tutus, and accessories where each piece inspires a little magic.
3. BE REAL
The best photos and the ones that you will treasure forever are often those that are candid and not posed. A fun background and scene always leads to precious captures that are sure to coax lively expressions from your little ones.
4. STAY RELAXED
Don’t make a big deal out of taking photos. It helps when you always have a camera lying around like we do. I love taking photos to document London’s daily growth and development and it helps get her used to being in front of the camera.
5. TELL A STORY
I love taking photos that tell a story and present London’s personality. My favorite photos of London are the ones where she is gleaming with excitement and has a look of pure joy on her face. I love when our photos tell a story and show the bigger picture.
6. STAGE THE SCENE
It’s fun and completely okay to stage the scene for some of your photos. It helps keep the kids entertained and intrigued and makes for some super adorable photos. We always find ourselves in the same spot in the house by the big windows because it has the best natural lighting.
7. ENCOURAGE INTERACTION
Encouraging your subjects to interact with each other displays emotions worth capturing. A little kiss on the cheek or holding hands makes all the difference in the beauty of a photo.
8. GIVE IT TIME
Always plan to stay a while when taking family photos and give direction for interactive posing. Some examples are, “Look at baby sister! She’s flying like an airplane,” “Walk and hold hands,” “Give mommy kisses,” and “Daddy, lift baby in the air!” Include movement like walking, twirling and dancing in your photos.
9. CHOOSE CLEAN, SOFT LIGHTING
Always choose soft, natural and even lighting for consistent images and pretty skin tones. If taking outdoor photos, always avoid the sun beaming on your subject because this leads to unflattering shadows.
9. PACK A SURVIVAL KIT
Bring a kit of goodies like goldfish, gummies, suckers and whatever other snacks to bribe the kids and keep a little something in their tummies. I also like to pack wipes, bobby pins, safety pins, hair spray, hair gel and ibuprofen just in case.
What tricks do you have up your sleeve when taking family photos? We would love to hear them in the comments below!